This Sunday we read Ecclesiastes 10:1
As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.
This is a continuation of Solomon’s narrative from the end of chapter 9 - Ecclesiastes 9:18
Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.
Solomon is saying one bad apple can spoil the whole batch, or one reckless moment in your
life can destroy all the good that you could’ve had. One moment of foolishness, poor
judgement or stupidity can ruin your friendships, your career or your marriage. This is
usually as a result of giving in to temptation in the same way that Adam and Eve introduced
sin into this world by giving in to temptation. All it takes is one reckless moment.
What we can do about it is be aware of what tempts us personally; lust, greed, pride or
whatever. Temptations are lies. They promise us that nothing bad is going to happen. Go to
the party, have some alcohol, try this drug just once to see what it’s like. No one is going to
know. But, a single moment of foolishness can have massive consequences.
See the temptations for what they are and instead, keep on the path that God has designed
for your life.
We encourage you to spend a few minutes talking with your teenager about our lesson.
Consider building your conversation around these questions:
You don’t have to share the details but do you know what tempts you?
What do you need to keep doing to resist / what do you need to do to get out of the habit of doing it? Would you like to talk about it?
What was your biggest take-out from Sunday’s video?
When have you given away something you really cared about? How did you feel?
If you could set a World Record in anything, what would you do?
Your life is an awesome gift from God. How would you like to use it?
What is the nicest compliment you’ve ever received? Who said it?
When and where do you feel safest?
If you could join any club in the world, which club would you join?
What new thing would you like to start?